Posts from ethanedwards in thread „The Forward Pass (1929)“

    I. “Wayne was briefly in this film as an extra since he was a friend of co-star Loretta Young and locations were shot at USC with their football team.”

    II. American Film Institute lists cast “Douglas Fairbanks Jr (Marty Reid), Loretta Young (Patricia Carlyle), University of Southern California football team. Directed by Eddie Cline” 8

    III. No print has been viewed by the American Film Institute. 8

    IV. “Douglas Fairbanks Jr. stated: “I did make one picture (for Warner’s First National Pictures) that, though not very good, may be of some interest to movie buffs. It was called “THE FORWARD PASS” (First National 1929) and it was a football story, with myself as the quarterback hero and Loretta Young as the heroine… We happened to hire the whole USC football team to be the “school team” in “THE FORWARD PASS.” … Two of the fellows on the team were friends of mine, one a quarterback, Marshal Duffield, and the other a huge guard named Marion Michael “Duke” Morrison. Three years later I got Morrison a job in another picture of mine called “THE LIFE OF JIMMY DOLAN.” Volume VI, No 1, June 1989

    V. Soundtrack only in UCLA

    With thanks to Elly
    John Wayne Before Stagecoach

    The Forward Pass, also known as To match tis doxis in Greece,
    is a 1929 black-and-white American football musical film directed by Edward F. Cline,
    starring Douglas Fairbanks Jr and Loretta Young.
    John Wayne was an uncredited extra in the film.
    The film is believed to be lost.

    Forward Pass, is considered to be lost
    This is a Douglas Fairbank,Jr. movie, co-starring Loretta Young,
    one of 6 pictures that cast them together.

    It's worth noting,that this the last of the early movies,
    in which Duke was just an extra playing a footballer,
    he must have made an impression on the two stars.

    Later Duke was to start dating Loretta's older sister at the time,
    and as a favour Loretta, lobbied WB, to help Duke get the part in

    The Life Of Jimmy Dolan

    User Review


    Manly Performance
    5 February 2004 | by Single-Black-Male (London, England)

    This box-office flop did nothing whatsoever to stir audiences.
    The 22 year old John Wayne appears pleasantly natural, although still quite rustic
    as a result of rejecting tutoring from Broadway veterans.
    His personality outweighs his experience as an actor.




    Plot Summary
    This college musical chronicles the travails of a college football star
    who wants to quit playing.
    To stop him, the conniving coach enlists the aid of a flirtatious co-ed
    who tries to use her many charms to coerce the lad into staying on the team.
    She succeeds and the boy falls deeply in love with her.
    When she realizes that he is serious, she stops seeing her latest beau,
    and the professes her love to the football player.
    This inspires him to go on and win the big game.
    Songs include: "One Minute Of Heaven," "I Gotta Have You," "Hello Baby," "Huddlin'."
    ~ Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide

    Information From IMDb

    Full Cast
    Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ... Marty Reid
    Loretta Young ... Patricia Carlyle
    Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Honey Smith (as Guinn Williams)
    Marion Byron ... Mazie
    Phyllis Crane ... Dot
    Bert Rome ... Coach Wilson
    Lane Chandler ... Assistant Coach Kane
    Allan Lane ... Ed Kirby
    Floyd Shackelford ... Trainer
    Duke Morrison ... Extra (uncredited)

    Writing Credits
    Harvey Gates story
    Howard Emmett Rogers screenplay
    Howard Emmett Rogers titles

    Arthur L. Todd (as Arthur Todd)

    This film is believed lost. Please check your attic.

    The sound disks for this Film, which was released in both silent and sound versions,
    survive in the UCLA Film and Television Archives.

    In September 1928, Warner Bros. Pictures purchased a majority interest in First National Pictures
    and from that point on, all "First National" productions were actually made
    under Warner Bros. control, even though the two companies continued
    to retain separate identities until the mid-1930's, after which time
    "A Warner Bros.-First National Picture" was often used.

    Vitaphone production reels #3590-3597

    Filming Locations